Four Armed Avalokiteshvara

Four Armed Avalokiteshvara, 85.04.0125 from the Museum’s collection, included in the exhibition Infinite Compassion at Vassar College.

Throughout the year, the Museum presents a calendar of ongoing programs and exhibits. The Museum also lends artifacts from the collection to other museums, galleries, universities and institutions.

Traveling Exhibitions
Vassar College
Several works from the collection of the Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art were featured at Vassar’s Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center. The exhibition Embodying Compassion in Buddhist Art: Image, Pilgrimage, Practice (April 23 – June 28, 2015) was the first exhibition in America to focus on the bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara in his many forms across Asia. Avalokiteshvara, the bodhisattva of compassion, is among the most popular figures in modern Himalayan and East Asian Buddhism. The Jacques Marchais Museum has a number of exquisite statues and paintings related to Avalokiteshvara.

Information about this exhibition can be found at the Embodying Compassion website. The exhibition’s catalogue can be downloaded as a PDF from the website under the Resources tab. The Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art was honored to participate in this exhibition.

Exhibits on-Site
January 2013– Present
Freed From the Vault: The Collection of Jacques Marchais.
This exhibit, which began in January 2013, will run for a period of two years and will feature a new selection of items every eight months. The exhibit will include many sculptures collected by Marchais in the early 20th century that have not been seen by the public in more than 30 years. The first grouping to be shown is a selection of miniature Tibetan sculptures of the Buddha, Bodhisattvas, Arhats, and other Tibetan deities. A selection of objects include: A set of nine arhats (disciples of the Buddha) that were crafted for a Tibetan Temple in the 18th century, and a statue of Tara, a female Buddha and meditational deity, made of bronze and containing turquoise inlays. These sculptures represent many fine examples of Tibetan art that were crafted in the 18th and 19th centuries. The exhibit highlights the importance of Jacques Marchais’ role as one of the earliest collectors of Tibetan art in the United States and the importance of the collection today to the Tibetan people living in the diaspora.

This exhibit supports the Museum’s mission of presenting the art and culture of Tibet to a world audience. It will also enable us to make more of our holdings available to students and scholars through exhibits and the website.

Sacred Writings and Threads by Jayanthi Moorthy.

Sacred Writings and Threads by Jayanthi Moorthy.

Previous Exhibits
Lhasa on the Hudson
Photographs by Mary M. Whitlock
Exhibit Dates: January 29 – October 31, 2012.
Tashi Dhargyal and the Menris Tradition of Thangka Art
Exhibit Dates:June 25, 2011 – November 30, 2011
Tibetan Portrait: The Power of Compassion
Exhibit Dates: March 29, 2009 – April 1, 2011
From Staten Island to Shangri-La: The Collecting Life of Jacques Marchais
Exhibit Dates, March 18, 2007 -December 31, 2008